World No. 1 and reigning FedEx Cup champion Justin Rose validated his elite status with a two shot win over Adam Scott.
The win was the first on the PGA Tour for Rose since his triumph last May at the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth and 10th overall.
“The off-season was short and sharp,” Rose said, after the win. “I didn’t know how I was going to come out. It’s awesome to play that well this week.”
Former world No. 1 Scott was the closest challenger to Rose, but saw his realistic chance of putting any pressure on the leader all but vanish when he was forced to lay up on the par-5 18th after his drive went well left of the fairway.
“Just was a little shaky and I wasn’t solid tee-to-green,” Scott said. “He never really was under much pressure. By the time I got it sorted out, it was too late.”
Rose and Scott became the sixth and seventh players to surpass $50 million in PGA TOUR career earnings with their week at Torrey Pines. Rose won $1.278 million for the victory and Scott received just over $766,000 for the runner-up finish.
Hideki Matsuyama tied for third with Talor Gooch. Gooch is playing on on conditional status and his finish earned him a spot in next week’s Waste Management Phoenix Open.
Jon Rahm, Jason Day and Rory McIlroy finished in a tie for fifth at 14-under.
Masters champion Patrick Reed was 11-under for a tie for 13th.
Tiger Woods wound up in a tie for 20th after his final round 67 got him to 10-under.
Xander Schauffele remains in the top spot in the FedExCup standings after finishing T25 at 9-under.
Jordan Spieth tied for 35th at 7-under.
Next up on the PGA Tour is the Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale.
Notables in the field include Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson, Martin Kaymer, Hideki Matsuyama,
Phil Mickelson, Cameron Champ and Tony Finau.